Prince Buthelezi back on his KZN throne

Prince Buthelezi back on his KZN throne

The IFP claims there is no truth in the rumour that their leader is reluctant to relinquish power.

The Inkatha Freedom Party’s resurgence in KwaZulu-Natal in local government elections may have come as a surprise to some, but the IFP’s earlier by-election successes and the chaos in the breakaway National Freedom Party (NFP) offered a fair indication of where things were headed. 

Although the IFP remains a small and mostly stagnant force in the eThekwini Metro – with voter support at just 4.2%, giving it 10 seats and fractional increase on its 2011 local elections results – if voter support in the northern, rural areas of the province are a reflection of voting trends for the national/provincial elections in 2019, it could again become the official opposition in the province after losing that position to the DA in 2014. (Most of the IFP’s eThekwini vote is garnered from hostel dwellers who have left the party’s traditional stronghold in the Zululand area to find work in the metro.) 

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